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Introduce yourself here!

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Elite Member
Buffalo NY
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: Currency Futures
Posts: 5 since Jan 2013
Thanks: 1 given, 5 received

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Hi BM,

First of all Thank you and congratulations on your website. It is unlike any other I've seen. I got started trading stocks mid 90's when the picking of a 4th grader could do no wrong. Until all unraveled in 2000. Due to my previous winnings, I broke even. They say things come in three. I got divorced, lost my home and lost my job back in 2008. I started trading options with TOS (ThinkOrSwim). Mainly I traded spreads and did fairly well for a couple of years and since I was unemployed, that was my only source of income. One day, on a Thursday morning (a day before expiration day), I was rushed to the hospital and was told I would be out after lunch on the same day. I was put asleep, operated on and woke up Friday at 5 PM. When I got home that evening, I was assigned in all my positions and lost nearly all my trading capital. So I thought "there's got to be a better way to do this".

Then, I found ShadowTraders and fell in love with them. When you trade futures don't have to wake up in the middle of the night thinking what's the next "scandal" that will affect the stock price. You're in and out and the money is in your account at the end of the day. Well, ever since I got assigned, I've had a tough time getting back in the saddle. I find myself frozen when it comes time to pull the trigger. I've been on the simulator for 2 years now without making a penny! I don't know what else to do and I'm at the end of the rope. Don't know how I'm going to pay the rent this month. Believe me, I'd love to be an elite member but money is so tight that can't afford a happy meal at McDonald's.

I went to the US in 1979 (age 23), learned English there, put myself through college, graduated and did very well professionally (6 figure income). I studied electrical engineering and computer science. I worked nearly 20 years as a consultant for myself and for some companies throughout my career. After 28 years of marriage, I lost everything I owned to gain custody of my 13 year old daughter and got it. My daughter (19) and I moved to Lima-Peru two years ago and I really want to make it trading futures. I love it. I love the freedom that it provides. If I could only break that fear.

Thanks for listening,


p.s.: As soon as I make money and regain my credit worthiness, I'll send you the $50 to become an elite member but until then, I'll keep trying.

I feel your pain. My wife walked out the front door when our son was only 11 years old and she never looked back. I raised him and put him through college. He graduated with a dual degree. MBA and a BA in Accounting. Even with all the hard work it took to raise him I would do it all over again. The time we had together was priceless. While he was in college I pick up one of his books and it was on trading. After reading that book I was bit by the trading bug. That was 6 years ago. I started with stocks then went to Forex and now I am trading the futures market and I like it the best so far. Like so many other traders I have went through 3 accounts before I stopped the bleeding. I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. One of the biggest things that help me was making a trading plan and sticking to it and reading a book called Trading in the zone by Mark Douglas. Like you I got to the point that I was having some problems with pulling the trigger. That book helped me with that. In fact I now look forward to a couple of losing trades because I know that after a couple of losing trades I am going to have some winners. After reading that book and making a trading plan and following it I have more winning trades than losing trades and I am finally on my way. My goal is to be able to pay my bills with my trading and that goal is to happen at the end of March 2013. So far I am on track.
Good luck my friend.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Futures Experience: Advanced
Platform: Amibroker
Favorite Futures: Stock Options
Posts: 6 since Jan 2013
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Great Forum/Web Thanks

Hi Mike,

Thanks for the great forum.I trade options directionally using a Trend Trading method for over 5 years now .Have just recently started to looking a customizing the method to build into TOS.

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Birmingham UK
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader
Broker/Data: IG/eSignal
Favorite Futures: Dax
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Hello and Thanks

Hi Mike and All,

Just to say what a great site and community, thanks to all for the effort involved.


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New York NY/USA
Futures Experience: Advanced
Platform: proprietary
Favorite Futures: ES
Posts: 1 since Jan 2013
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TT FIX Adapter

Hi all,

I've been trading futures for a number of years now and I'm about to deploy a new trading system that uses the TT FIX Adapter. In terms of performance and reliability, can anyone recommend a retail broker that offers this connectivity option?


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Philadelphia PA
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: Forex
Posts: 1 since Jan 2013
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hello world

Hi everyone,
I'm actually a complete beginner to trading, haven't actually done any trading myself yet. I'm currently in the process of learning and understanding the entire scope. My primary focus is software development. I am an experienced c# software developer and have experience with several different frameworks. I also have a background in IT and systems administration. I am currently looking to break out of my field and use my knowledge to create a system that will earn me a nice retirement. Somehow I don't think my 401k is going to do me much good in the future. I look forward to leveraging the plethora of resources on this site to really create a robust platform. Thanks for making this available as I believe this site contains the majority of answers to my questions. Any advice for the new guy is always appreciated.

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  #3696 (permalink)
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Victor, NY
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: Futures
Posts: 8 since Jul 2011
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Good day

Hi, I'm Bryan and I am a programmer as a profession. I began working on trading software around 2005 with NinjaTrader. I am still programming and learning with NinjaTrader and C#. My background has been with medical software and the language called "M".

My current programming project with a partner is called Price Dynamics.


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  #3697 (permalink)
Trading Apprentice
Chicago IL/USA
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: ThinkorSwim
Favorite Futures: Stocks/Options
Posts: 1 since Jan 2013
Thanks: 8 given, 0 received

Hi! Everyone!

I'm glad I found about this blog while looking for Monitor Setups examples.

I'm currently learning about technical analysis and going over all my trades for the past few years. Doing that, I have learned a lot about what to do and, more importantly, what not to do. The main lesson so far, place stops and honor them. I blew some cash with Nokia after it increased significantly and not having an exit plan.


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  #3698 (permalink)
Columbus Ohio/USA
Futures Experience: Master
Platform: TOS, Sierra Charts
Favorite Futures: Oil ES Stocks Options
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Posts: 2 since Sep 2012
Thanks: 3 given, 1 received

Great Place & I'm introducing myself

Hi all my Trading name is Trade4Pay.
I've been trading for about 37 years now. I taught Finance at Xavier University in the early 80s, & that helped me get better at trading.
For years I was a buy and hold trader, but the market didn't move very much anyway. I just diversified, and things went well.
In 2004, I sold my company and decided to retire. To supplement my income, I took my accounts from my brokers, and started trading myself.
I still was a longer term trader, but as I learned more about the market, I got more & more into shorter term trades. First stocks, then using options, and finally futures.My wife retired from teaching after 31 years, and we started trading together.
Now we trade mostly options with stocks for longer term, and futures for scalping.
Really enjoy this site & will do what I can to help out.

Learn Something Everyday from, and about the market, or it will teach you the what it wants.
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Vänersborg Sweden
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: Sierra
Broker/Data: Transact
Favorite Futures: YM,EMD,DAX,CL,CG
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Posts: 395 since Jan 2013
Thanks: 559 given, 140 received

Trader from Sweden

Been trading since the early 90 but not full time until after I retired 2005. As for the most of us it has been a hard long road. Day trading is the only trades I do. Did not found the right tools so I decided to make them myself. First I used TS but now Sierra. Sierra made it work for me but it took some time.So after 7 years I now have my own full auto trading system. First it used Renko bars but now the Flexrenko bars. They are the best bars I have found so far. Trade the European open from 2 am cet until 4 am cet. The Dax and the Bund. US from day session open and the first 2-3 hours. NQ,YM,ES and the EMD. Most trades in NQ and the YM. I live on my farm and before I retired I was a second hand car deal so you better watch out
Regards Outlander

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The Narrow Road
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: Ninjatrader
Broker/Data: Ninjatrader Brokerage, CQG
Favorite Futures: FDAX, FDXM ...maybe
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Posts: 380 since Sep 2012
Thanks: 448 given, 458 received

Hello from PODSKI

Hi Everyone !

Trading full time for 6 months. Not yet "consistently" profitable. I've had good days, I've had bad days. My broker has had some excellent days.

My setup is now stable and I'm beginning to see the light. Fearful of a false dawn and still licking my wounds, I'm starting a journal here:

If you are trading using price action, with the trend and in particular on any of those faster moving instruments like FDAX, CL - and you are making money or nearly making money you will find that you can help me. Thanks in advance.

If you are a beginner - I will try to be honest and tell you how I mess up. I hope I can help you.

The intro contains details of my setup and objectives.

I'm looking for answers to specific questions. I hope you can help. I also hope that the questions will be specific.

Shout Outs:
@Big Mike - thank you ... just that. There is just one thing that I would like to point out. You say that you are not good with people. Perish the thought. There are hundreds of people (maybe more) who would do inappropriate things for you. Nice one. There are a lot of reasons for thanks, the work, the "business model" and the insights. From blown accounts, to unnecessary big draw down days, to keeping it simple and sticking at it you have a lot to say and certainly say it in a nice way.

@Fat Tails - patient and generous to a fault, thoughtful and capable of great insight, a craftsman and even funny. Your tools, hundreds of them (do you sleep?), help us all see the price action and how it moves. For me they are the stabilizers (learner wheels) that keep the bike upright while we are learning to cycle. Ganz herzlichen dank.

@perryg - I got "it" when I watched your webinars. The rubber band. When I trade I often hear your voice saying "Don't even think about it!" and "MDMA" and "PPMA". I do a pretty good imitation of you I must say.

@Erez - nice stuff - well done for following perryg it helps a lot

@gomi - one day my brain will get enough O2 to use your stuff

@Xav1029 - XAVPriceActionTrendV2 - woke me up. Merci.

@DarthTrader - Mach's einfach. Keep it simple. Thanks ! GT24TT - great. I use it everyday. Whenever my chart started looking like a hot dog with everything on it (I can't remember who said that) I keep it simple.

@Zondor, @PandaWarrior, @tigertrader ... legends and examples all.

Whoever thought Trading could be Funny?:
There are not many laughs when learning to trade - so this this thread was a little diamond.

Thank you @truman2 for reminding me that the internet is a place where a little knowledge can get you properly slapped. I sometimes trade like you start forum threads. I get in too early without reading the action carefully but my heart is in the right place. Thank you @chopstick for "Is Big Mike verifiably Big?". Thank you Mike for closing the thread. I've seen enough of @ThatManFromTexas or any man from Texas really ...

Trade well everyone.

best regards


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